Weinstein said: “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it.
Instead, he had her sent up to his room, where he appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or she could watch him shower, she recalled in an interview.“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein? Weinstein badgered her into giving him a massage while he was naked, leaving her “crying and very distraught,” wrote a colleague, Lauren O’Connor, in a searing memo asserting sexual harassment and other misconduct by their boss.“There is a toxic environment for women at this company,” Ms.The woman, who asked not to be identified to protect her privacy, said a nondisclosure agreement prevented her from commenting. Weinstein’s behavior prompted the board of his company to take notice. Weinstein had invited Ambra Battilana, an Italian model and aspiring actress, to his Tri Be Ca office on a Friday evening to discuss her career. (Harvey and Bob Weinstein together own 42 percent of the privately held business.) When several board members pressed Mr.Weinstein about it, he insisted that the woman had set him up, colleagues recalled. Battilana had testified in court proceedings against associates of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy who are accused of procuring women for alleged sex parties, and the Italian news media also reported that, years ago, Ms. Her lawyer, Mauro Rufini, could not be reached for comment.O’Connor shortly after, according to records and those familiar with the agreements.In a statement to The Times on Thursday afternoon, Mr.